The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tal Ben-Shahar

Narrated By: Eric Conger

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2009

Duration: 7 hours 1 minutes


Do you want to be perfect? Or do you want to be happy?

We're all laboring under our own and society's expectations to be perfect in every way to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier, the pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness.

Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to the way to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and "Time-Ins" to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

Table of contents
Introduction: The Perfect Trap
Chapter 1: Benevolent Jealousy
Chapter 2: The Upside of Anxiety
Chapter 3: Ordinary Expectations
Chapter 4: Don't Just Get Over It
Chapter 5: Understanding the Unknowable
Chapter 6: Succeeding at Failing
Chapter 7: Permission to Feel
Chapter 8: The Law of Identity
Chapter 9: The Platinum Rule